Up until now, the start order of skiers in interval start races has been determined by a random draw. The start field at World Cup races has been divided into four groups, a a double random draw within each group has been used to select which bib (and start-order) each skier will get.
From next season, the start order (and bib) in World Cup races will be determined by the participants' FIS points or World Cup points. All skiers, except the 30 best ranked on the World Cup points list, will start according to their FIS points, such that the skier with the worst (highest) FIS points will get start number 1, and so on. These skiers will be followed by the 30 skiers on the top-30 World Cup list (seeded group), who will start in reverse order of their points, such that the current World Cup leader starts last.